Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ACHANKUNJU

Achankunju was a popular actor in Malayalam cinema during the 80's and had acted in over 50 films mostly in
villainous roles.He was perhaps one of the most repulsed character on the screen by the audience because of
the extreme cruelties he performed by his  roles.
He was utilized by award winning eminent directors like Bharathan,Padmarajan,I.V.Sasi etc for several of their
blockbuster movies.
Achankunju was a native of Kottayam in Kerala and he was a 'Porter' at Kottayam boat jetty but during those years also because of his love towards arts he used to act  for  stage dramas.
The 1981 film Parankimala in which Nedumudi Venu,Benny,Soorya,Rani Padmaini etc were the cast he handled an important role.The film was directed by Bharathan.In that same year he had important roles in Bharathan's Blockbuster films 'Lorry' and 'Chatta'.In the film 'Lorry' Balan K.Nair,Pratap Pothen,Nithya etc acted  very nicely and the fantastic screenplay written by Padmarajan and execution by Bharathan made it
a visual treat for the viewers.Achankunju received Kerala Government Best Actor award for the film 'Lorry'.
'Chatta' was also an unusual subject and it was also filmed skilfully by Bharathan in which the character of Achankunju was superb.



When Padmarajan turned as directer in his films 'Thinkalazcha Nalla Divasam' and 'Arappatta Kettiya Gramathil' he gave noted roles to Achankunju.
Achankunju was given important roles in many of I.V.Sasi films like 'Iniyenkilum' 'Ee Nadu'  'Ahimsa'  etc.
The role in Iniyenkilum as the character 'Porinchu' received accolades  for him.In the Mammootty film 'Yatra'
also his role was excellent.
Achankunju died on 16 January 1987 at the age of 56 at Kottayam.
Selected Filmography
Ithile Iniyum Varoo
Kunjattakilikal
Yathra
Parankimala
Chatta
Ivide thudangunnu
Prem Nazeerine Kanmanilla
Aattakkalasam
Lorry
Himavahini
Ahimsa
Ee Nadu
Iniyenkilum
Athirathram
Padayottam
Greeshmajwala
Kanathaya Penkutty
Inayethedi
Naseema
Puthenveedu
Swanthamevide Bandhamevide
Itha innu muthal
Choothattam
Kadamba
Sandhya Mayangum Neram

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